Channeling user's attention and funds to help us implement A/V for Pidgin & Adium

Richard Laager rlaager at
Fri Oct 17 12:47:43 EDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-10-17 at 11:56 -0400, Eric Richie wrote:
> I think my biggest concern would be that users might view it as an
> 'ad'.  It is, but also isn't.  I just think it could be a tricky
> situation.  I know that with Adium we've promised our users that we
> will never become adware and I wouldn't want to give the impression
> that we are somehow going down that route.  That isn't to say that I
> disagree with the idea though.  I just feel that implementation could
> be tricky.

Here's a start of what the message might say:

"<name> is trying to establish a <voice/video> connection. <ui> does not
currently support voice or video communication, but these features are
being developed. To donate, contribute code, or learn more about this
effort, please visit: PURPLE_WEBSITE/vv"

name = contact name
voice/video = voice or video, as appropriate to the context
ui = Pidgin, Finch, Adium, etc.
PURPLE_WEBSITE is defined in libpurple/internal.h

That page would provide whatever information was relevant to the -vv
project, along with a donation link to (if we decide to
go that route).

Even if we don't want to solicit donations, we really should be telling
the user *something*, so they know their contact is trying to establish
a voice/video connection. (Note: I'm relying on what was said in the
email. I haven't tested this myself to see if we display an error
message or not.)

> P.S. Shouldn't the expected behavior be that the capabilities are
> checked before the attempt is even made and if the client doesn't
> support audio/video/foo it won't even try?

That would make sense. The official clients may not make sense. I don't
really know.

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